DART - Preschool Early Intervention

What is DART?

DART is an acronym that stands for Discovery, Assessment, Referral and Tracking.

DART Preschool Early Intervention:

  • Finds eligible children, ages three to five, who have developmental delays or disabilities in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County.
  • Provides free screenings/evaluations to identify needs in communication, adaptive, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, personal/social areas.
  • Provides free early intervention services, at no cost to parents.
  • Includes developmental, speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision, hearing and family services.
  • Provided by highly qualified staff of special educators, therapists,  and paraprofessionals, year-round.


  • Children must be three to five years old and demonstrate a delay of 25% or more in one or more developmental areas (communication, adaptive, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, personal/social) on a standardized assessment.

Service Delivery

  • Services are provided in the Least Restrictive Environment.
  • Itinerant services are provided in a child’s preschool, child care, Head Start classroom, Pre-K Counts classroom, or home. Over 78% of children are served in these inclusive environments.
  • Preschool special education classrooms are provided in school district or church buildings.

What Should I Do First?

Call 412-394-5904 to arrange a free screening/evaluation.





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